Racing in South Africa for the first time represented something of a voyage of discovery for the 52 SUPER SERIES owners and crews, but the 10 teams from eight nations were rewarded with good racing in a variety of wind conditions, including a visit from the strong Cape Doctor wind all set against the spectacular backdrop of Table Mountain and Lion’s Head, whilst embracing the lively, colourful, and friendly welcome at the city’s V&A Waterfront.
The best sailors in the world travelled to Cape Town to compete together, and against each other for the coveted TP52 series champion title. Table Bay provided varied wine conditions and the famous ‘Cape Doctor’ gave teams a truly Cape Town sailing experience.
Together with the V&A Waterfront and City of Cape Town, WorldSport ran and managed a fully sustainable sailor’s village. The sustainability programme included the placement of BlueWater mobile water dispensing units, where guests, members, and the public could refill their water bottles instead of making use of single-use plastics.
No single-use plastics were used in any on-site catering packaging or beverage consumption. By linking into the V&A Waterfront’s recycling system the event was able to save hundreds of litres of water when cleaning boats and equipment. Various waste recycling options, using marked bins, were also made available to teams and guests visiting the Race Village.
Meats, cheeses, vegetables, and fruits were all locally sourced and freshly prepared on-site. Fish served was certified ‘green listed fish’ sourced using the Abalobi App – linking the caterer directly to the fisherman to serve the freshest fish of the day and supporting local small scale businesses.
Each day, leftover food from lunch packs or prepared meals was given to FoodForward, a non-profit organisation that ensured that food was redistributed to those in need.